Willetha King Barnette grew up near the Sandhills of North Carolina near Fayetteville. From an early age, she learned the lessons of sharing, caring, mutual support, and community service. Some call her a kinkeeper.
She has worked in educational environments for more than 35 years, starting with an international organization providing professional support to the life insurance industry, and later at various colleges, universities, and private secondary institutions.
She has been a hospice volunteer, a guardian ad litem, certified dementia practitioner, and an advocate for cancer patients. She is active in organizations dedicated to curing breast cancer and Crohn's disease, as well as improving services to the aged and disabled.
Her special passion is advocating for family caregivers, unsung and unpaid heroes who provide 70% of all care given to our country's ill, elderly, and disabled persons.